Domestic abuse report shows 'more can be done'

Domestic abuse report released Photo: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Northumbria Police must do more to protect victims of domestic violence, according to a report today, despite that for every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded in the area, police made 86 arrests. This is one of the highest figures nationally. In Cleveland there were 98 arrests for every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded.

The report, by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, criticises the response to domestic abuse by police nationally.The study reveals that in Northumbria, domestic abuse accounted for 6% of calls to the police for assistance in the 12 months to the end of August last year. Of these calls, 22% were from repeat victims. Domestic abuse accounted for 7% of all recorded crime.

In the Durham force area, 2,280 domestic abuse related crimes were recorded for the 12 months to the end of August 2013. Of these crimes 42% resulted in a charge.

For every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded, there were 72 arrests in North Yorkshire.

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NORTHUMBRIA, domestic abuse accounts for 6% of calls to the police for assistance. Of these calls, 22% were from repeat victims.

Crime **7%** Domestic abuse accounts for 7% of all recorded crime.

*Assault with intent 18% *Northumbria recorded 261 assaults with intent to cause serious harm, of these 48 were domestic abuse related.

Assault with injury **32%** The force also recorded 5,757 assaults with injury, of these 1,848 were domestic abuse related.

Harassment **63%** The force recorded 792 harassment offences, of these 500 were domestic abuse related.

Sexual offences **5% **The force also recorded 975 sexual offences, of these 52 were domestic abuse related.

Risk levels Northumbria was unable to provide data relating to the number of active high, medium and standard risk cases they had.

*Arrests *For every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded, there were 86 arrests in Northumbria in the 12 months to end of August 2013. For most forces the number is between 45 and 90. The force did provide the number of cases above standard risk and of these 24% were high risk and 76% were medium risk.

Outcomes Northumbria recorded 4,871 domestic abuse related crimes for the 12 months to the end of August 2013.

DURHAM, domestic abuse accounts for 8% of calls to the police for assistance. Of these calls 7% were from repeat victims.

Crime **8% **Domestic abuse accounts for 8% of all recorded crime.

*Assault with intent 17% *Durham recorded 118 assaults with intent to cause serious harm, of these 20 were domestic abuse related.

Assault with injury **35% **The force also recorded 2,312 assaults with injury, of these 814 were domestic abuse related.

Harassment **63%** The force recorded 317 harassment offences, of these 199 were domestic abuse related.

Sexual offences **5% **The force also recorded 501 sexual offences, of these 23 were domestic abuse related.

Durham recorded 2,280 domestic abuse related crimes for the 12 months to the end of August 2013. Of these crimes 42% resulted in a charge, 26% resulted in a caution and, 2% had an out of court disposal.

CLEVELAND, domestic abuse accounts for 3% of calls to the police for assistance. Of these calls, 42% were from repeat victims.

*Crime 8% *Domestic abuse accounts for 8% of all recorded crime.

*Assault with intent 20% *Cleveland recorded 186 assaults with intent to cause serious harm, of these 37 were domestic abuse related.

Assault with injury **32% **The force also recorded 3,476 assaults with injury, of these 1,125 were domestic abuse related.

Harassment **61%** The force recorded 193 harassment offences, of these 117 were domestic abuse related.

Sexual offences **6%** The force also recorded 582 sexual offences, of these 37 were domestic abuse related.

On, 31 August 2013 Cleveland had 6,275 active domestic abuse cases; 8% were high risk, 15% were medium risk, and 77% were standard risk.

*Arrests *For every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded, there were 98 arrests in Cleveland. For most forces the number is between 45 and 90.

*Outcomes *Cleveland recorded 3,168 domestic abuse related crimes for the 12 months to the end of August 2013. Of these crimes, 28% resulted in a charge, 10% resulted in a caution and, 1% had an out of court disposal.

NORTH YORKSHIRE, domestic abuse accounts for 4% of calls to the police for assistance. Of these calls, 3% were from repeat victims.

Crime **8%** Domestic abuse accounts for 8% of all recorded crime.

Assault with intent 19% North Yorkshire recorded 129 assaults with intent to cause serious harm, of these 25 were domestic abuse related.

Assault with injury **30% **The force also recorded 3,387 assaults with injury, of these 1,024 were domestic abuse related.

Harassment **45%** The force recorded 386 harassment offences, of these 172 were domestic abuse related.

Sexual offences **19%** The force also recorded 665 sexual offences, of these 125 were domestic abuse related.

*Risk levels *On 27 October 2013 North Yorkshire had 11,619 active domestic abuse cases; 2% were high risk, 27% were medium risk, and 71% were standard risk.

*Arrests *For every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded, there were 72 arrests in North Yorkshire. For most forces the number is between 45 and 90. **

***Outcomes *North Yorkshire recorded 2,648 domestic abuse related crimes for the 12 months to the end of August 2013. Of these crimes, 34% resulted in a charge, 8% resulted in a caution and, 5% had an out of court disposal, for example, a fixed penalty notice for disorderly conduct.

“Durham Constabulary’s excellent service to victims has not been achieved alone but with high levels of engagement with partners such as Probation, Health, Social Services, Local Authorities, Outreach Services and the voluntary sector. We view domestic abuse as a joint problem that we tackle together.

"In County Durham and Darlington the partnership approach to dealing with domestic abuse, in all its forms, never stands still but is constantly evolving to reflect our multi-agency action plan. We will now seek to incorporate the recommendations made by HMIC in this report as part of that continuous improvement and together with our partners will work to both achieve and go beyond the recommendations.”

– Supt Paul Goundry, Head of Safeguarding